In the questionnaire, we ask subscribers to note any problems with their cars that occurred in the past 12 months. There is no denying you are sitting in a luxury vehicle; it has power everything with memory, so finding and repeating that comfortable seating position is a simple affair. The navigation screen becomes the focal point of many of the gadgets and it all seemed to function quite well. Downshift rev-matching, which automatically adjusts engine speed output to smooth out shifts, accomplishes downshifts smoother than Jenson Button laying down hot laps at Monaco. With good well kept maintenance, this vehicle will last many years.
The engine cruises silently and emits a hearty and expensive growl in hard acceleration. It's as clever as ever, though it isn't a panacea. That's too bad because it effectively limits this crossover to being a two seater with occasional room for four. Although this is a little small in the world of utility type cars, it works for us. For starters, the bird's-eye view on the center display is small, and the perceived distance between your doors and, say, the side of your garage can be deceiving. Also available are heated front seats, 18-inch wheels, bi-xenon auto-leveling headlights and an adaptive front lighting system.
It should be noted that many competitors offer six- or seven-speed automatics. In fact, Motor Trend points out the 28. A typical model has about 200 to 400 samples for each model year. Excellent vehicle, a bit small inside, but my wife and I are now retirement age and no kids so ample room for us. Just don't expect it to accommodate every one of your Costco inclinations. Read our story on the to understand more about these changes. Styling compromised rear visibility somewhat, but a rear-view camera is standard.
Edmunds calls the 297-horsepower V-6 engine responsive with adequate passing power while noting the rev-matching ability of its five-speed automatic transmission on downshifts. The crossover comes in rear- or all-wheel drive, and shouldn't be confused with the Rogue crossover from parent company Nissan, which shares a similar shape but is built on a different platform. Then you get the best of both worlds — rear-wheel drive dynamics on dry pavement and all-wheel driving handling when the weather turns nasty. Infiniti saved the most impressive changes for its latest take on the sporty crossover for underneath the skin. I love rear wheel drive. When we take the car in for a major service they give us a loaner car at no charge, they do that for the life of our ownership.
The optional lane-departure system beeps when drivers cross lane markings without using the turn signals. In routine driving it's easy to average about 21 mpg and that's actually quite impressive given the engine's available power output. Options include navigation system with voice recognition and real-time traffic information, digital hard drive, Bose sound system, iPod adaptor, Bluetooth cell-phone connection, satellite radio, adaptive cruise control, and cargo organizer. The three-spoke steering wheel turns with a light touch at low speeds. Both models come with a seven-inch video screen that displays audio and climate control information. The side view cameras are wonderful for actually seeing how close the wheels are to the curb to avoid curb rash. Standard safety features include six airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system.
This is simply the best system that I have come across and makes parking a pleasure. Nearly all reviewers agree on overall interior quality, which uses aluminum trim in small amounts to give the cabin an upscale look, but it can also be optioned with maple wood trim for an extra bit of class. I am 6'1' and find the front driver's room to be great. Both rear- and wheel drive models are offered. In automatic mode a sophisticated learning algorithm adapts to your individual driving style and shifts to optimize engine performance. It's also the home for the optional navigation display. The driving position is not quite as high as in other compact crossovers, yet higher than a traditional sedan.
It grows worse with the optional 18-inch wheels. The maximum cargo space comes in at a scant 47 cubic feet. For the enthusiast, the gear shift has a manual mode that allows individual gears to be held when rounding corners. Now it has 85,000 miles. On the outside, the margins and panel fits were superb.
The brakes — antilock discs with strong, linear response — inspire similar confidence. The instrument panel is downright classy, with tasteful wood and matte finishes and none of the chrome overdose that plagues some luxury vehicles. The Inside Small but well-appointed, the cabin works well for one or two adults; four will find it cramped. The rear seat isn't the only tight part of the cabin. Both figures are the smallest in this competitive set, though they compare better with small luxury wagons. Upholsteries and trims are luxury grade—and the instruments are bathed in soft white lighting while the dash gets matte-finished woodgrains—but unless you're in one of the comfortable front seats, the cabin simply feels tight. Its more than up to the task of a Chicago winter, but you'll want to make sure that you have all-season tires if you regularly travel outside large urban areas.